Sport: Derby on the Delta

The country's swankest mule race was held a fortnight ago at Greenwood, Miss. Five thousand Delta planters and cotton pickers packed the American Legion ball park for the fourth annual running of the event. The card consisted of five heats and a sweepstakes. Stubborn Delta plow mules, bedecked for superstition's sake with turkey feathers, squirrel tails and paper festoons, were mounted by Negro plowboys in overalls and gaudy silk shirts. Proceeds were earmarked for Mississippi's underprivileged preschool children.

The armed truce that exists between mules and plowboys during the long cotton-growing season was broken for one day only. The jockeys rode bareback...

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